Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent the following letter to the California Fish and Game Commission regarding the potential operating permit renewal for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company.
Indeed, from her own election site Diane Feinstein has posted the letter below. Having written the Senator on numerous occasions, only to receive a boilerplate reply my eyes are beginning to tear up as I read the warmth of her sincerity. Perhaps this article might best be titled Dianne’s great Oyster Charade.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company has three different federal organizations checking the quality of oysters, including the FDA. They are also working with local universities to create reefs to help reestablish local oyster population. Drakes Bay is a company that deserves our support not only for what they provide, but their long tradition of supporting the environment.
With her continued inability to show leadership it’s a safe bet that the bureaucrats involved at the federal level will only serve to put this company out of business out of business as well.
May 22, 2012
Mr. Daniel W. Richards
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear President Richards:
I want to thank you for your kind invitation to speak at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting regarding the Drakes Bay Oyster Company. I regret that my Senate schedule prevents me from attending.
(Translation: No way am I coming to your oyster farm unless significant cash contributions for my election will be ready on my arrival. Since you didn’t mention anything mark me down as a no show.)
I understand that you invited my input on the state water bottom lease for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. This issue involves a matter of legal interpretation of the California Constitution in which I, as a federal elected official, have not been involved; therefore, I think it is more appropriate for others to provide comment and advice to the Commission.
(To be frank the only part of the Constitution I can recall reading and find relevant is the 2nd Amendment and my time is taken up trying to destroy it.)
You also asked about my history with the Drakes Bay Oyster Company issue. I am very familiar with Point Reyes National Seashore and the oyster farm itself. The farm has existed for over 70 years, employs 30 people, and is the last remaining oyster canning operation in California. The family that owns the farm has been in the business for four generations.
(Nice of her to so deftly clear up that which he knows nothing about, you read it, she said science)
I became concerned about this issue when I found that the science regarding the impacts of the oyster farm had been manipulated, and that the oyster farm operator had been treated in a biased and unfair manner. The Park Service has repeatedly misrepresented the scientific record since 2006 to portray the farm as environmentally harmful, and it is my belief that the Park Service is doing everything it can to justify ending the oyster farm’s operations.
( A question for the senator being concerned about science, why is “Man caused CO2 induced climate changed is based on no actual scientific finding, that’s right no consensus yet it’s still one of your hot button issues?) At 79 years of age, it’s clear you are unlikely to grasp any science other than political science which you know oh so well. )
To summarize my actions and concerns since I became involved and always concerned about fairness, and in this cases, she want’s to see that the Oyster Farmer pays more than his fair share of taxes (Please read Below)